The Regional Review

Volume V - Nos. 2 & 3

August-September, 1940


The Regional Review wishes to rectify an error which it made in its last issue, (Vol. V, No. 1) in selecting illustrations to accompany Dr. Carl P. Russell's scholarly article, "The American Rifle at the Battle of Kings Mountain." The caption under the two pieces illustrated on page 17 described one of them as a German Jäger. In reality it was a musket. The upper drawing reproduced below shows a Jäger in scale with the Kentucky rifle under it.

The J&amul;ger, brought to America during the Revolution, was by no means the equal of the American piece. It was short-barreled and took a ball of 19 to the pound. With its large ball and small powder charge its recoil was heavy and its accurate range but little greater than that of the smoothbore musket. Like the rifle introduced from Switzerland and Austria in about 1700, it was short, heavy and clumsy.

Jager and Kentucky rifles


A gain of approximately 53 per cent in the total of camper days is indicated in a report covering use of organized camp sites in recreational demonstration areas of the eastern region of the National Park Service for the first half of the calendar year. For the period January 1-June 30, a total of 32,967 camper days was recorded for the 50 organized camps and tent camping sites, an increase of 11,417 over the corresponding period of 1939.

The total for all visitors to the areas during the six months was set at 369,983 against 338,477 for 1939. Total visitors and camper days reached 402,950, a gain of 42,923 over the first half-year of 1939. All figures are the highest recorded since the inception of the recreational demonstration area program.

The chief factors contributing to longer periods of use of camping facilities are believed to be more extensive short-term occupation of sites, greater coordination of community camp planning, the introduction of camping by more agencies as a part of their year-round recreational-educational programs, and the ability of some of the agencies to enlist additional public support of camping enterprises. Seven camps were conducted almost entirely for subsidized campers. Several agencies provided camping opportunities, financed by donations from private individuals, for boys and girls of low-income families. Low-cost camps were found to be increasing, some organizations providing programs at $5 a week; four groups, with partly subsidized staffs, conducted satisfactory camps at $4 a week or less.

Several federal and state agencies conducted recreational leadership training courses at no charge to the sponsoring organizations, an activity which has grown out of a realization that good leadership is fundamental to superior programs and that the supply of qualified leaders remains inadequate.

Although most of the camps conducted during the first half of this year were for boys and girls---many of them co-educational---two agencies sponsored programs for families and young adults. Two other organizations scheduled periods of family camping at the close of their established camps for boys and girls.


A record total of visitors has been reported by Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North-Carolina-Tennessee, for the travel year ended September 30. The annual report showed that 860,960 persons traveling in 267, 789 vehicles entered the park during the period, an increase of 13 per cent over the previous (1929) record. August 1940 was the greatest travel month of the park's existence, a total of 202,368 persons having been counted. The heaviest single day was September 1 when 18,549 visitors entered the area.

, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, which has lead the national system's travel totals for several seasons, recorded 950,807 visitors for 1940 as against 911,612 for 1939. Early reports from most of the national parks and monuments indicate substantial gains in travel throughout the country.

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